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As of April 6, 15,504 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Chaffee County, which will hold its last mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic on April 13.

Statewide, 1,168,890 people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or about one in five Coloradans), and Chaffee County is in the top 5 counties for vaccination totals.

The county has seen a significant number of vaccines given to those who traveled into the county from other Colorado counties, or other states. It has been less successful in getting vaccine shots into its own residents.

On Monday, Chaffee County Director of Public Health Andrea Carlstrom, provided the following statistics of those in-county resident vaccinations through March 31, by all providers broken out by age group:

Age                 First dose    Second dose

16-19                     68                  17

20-29                   380               201

30-39                   792               478

40-49                   821               510

50-59                 1,099              550

60-64                 1,018              602

65-69                 1,350             1,038

70+                    2,742             2,496

Total                 8,270             5,892

The highest participation of any county age group has been the 70+ group, which was the earliest group to receive the vaccines as soon as they became available.

After months of separation from their extended families, there is some evidence that older Americans have a strong incentive to get vaccinated so they can see their grandchildren again.

Data shared by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) shows that 33 percent of those who have received their first dose and 42 percent of those who have received their second dose were age 70 and up, as of March 29.

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Featured image: Long-awaited hugs from our grandchildren appear once again to be possible for fully-vaccinated grandparents. Photo by Ekaterina Shakharova for Unsplash.